It's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas catalogs!

(Photos from Ballard Designs)
Yippee - Christmas catalogs are filling my mailbox. Today the new Ballard Design catalog arrived - filled with traditional decorations that work perfectly in my house. The "Della Robia" Wreath and Topiary made me want to line up the crafty girls at work and do a little "craft-lifting." Surely between Carolee, Tammy, Georgana and Alison, we could figure out how to make these. Girls?...

My top number one favorite catalog for Christmas inspiration is the Pottery Barn catalog, followed closely by Crate and Barrel. Pottery Barn is more elegant, more elaborate, and completely beautiful. I just spent a minute on their website and they have one heck of a web design staff. The website has EVERYTHING - from video tours of people's beautifully decorated homes to instructions on how to put together the classic Pottery Barn 'arrangements.' Crate and Barrel, which is more casual, just makes me smile when I look through it - especially their Christmas dancing reindeer decorating everything from dishes to doormats. Cute.
Here's the description from the catalog - I thought it was interesting:
Della Robbia Wreath & Topiary from Ballard Designs
In the 18th century, holiday greenery was decorated with fruit in the della robbia style as a promise of the bountiful greeting guests could expect inside. The lush fabric pine, magnolia and oak leaves of our Della Robbia Wreath & Topiary are packed with realistic figs, oranges, apples, pears, pomegranates and berries, adding a splash of bright, festive color to your holiday setting.